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Types of Braces
There are various types of braces available to choose from. Read our sections below to find out the various types available today but make sure to talk to one of our orthodontic professionals to find out which ones are the right fit for you. Call or make an appointment today for a consultation.
The type of braces you get depends on a number of factors:
- The severity of your condition
- The recommendation of your orthodontist
- How much you are willing to pay
- How long you will be in them
- Your own personal preference
Ceramic braces are made of very strong materials and are very similar to the metal ones. The brackets are tooth colored and are nearly as strong as metal and can be used to treat nearly all of the same cases.
The ligatures (tiny rubber bands) that hold the arch wire onto the ceramic brackets are often white or clear. One downside to having the ceramic kind is that the ligatures stain over time and can become more noticeable.
This treatment is usually more expensive than the metal type and it can take a bit longer. Schedule a consultation to find out if Ceramic braces are your orthodontic solution.
Invisalign is another treatment option for people who seek unobtrusive orthodontic treatment. Instead of brackets bonded to the tooth, dental treatment is mapped out through a series of plastic dental trays designed to move the teeth in incremental movements over weeks. The clear, plastic trays are virtually invisible and are difficult to detect. With Invisalign, there is no irritation to the gums and they can be removed for aesthetic reasons over small periods of time too.
Invisalign is a solution for patients who are not in need of severe orthodontic treatment and is not a solution for everyone. In some cases, patients may require additional treatment if they have more complicated tooth misalignments. Please schedule a consultation today if you want to find out if you are a candidate for Invisalign.
Metal braces are made of metal brackets along with an elastic rubber band called a ligature to hold the wire onto the bracket. These types are very strong and can withstand most types of treatment. They also tend to be the most inexpensive and can treat the most severe cases. Metal ones also tend to have the least amount of treatment time when compared with other orthodontic solutions.
Some of the drawback to having this kind are that they cause irritation to the cheeks and gum. On the other hand, though, patients do often adjust to the feelings after a few weeks. Metal ones are a solution to nearly all patients who need them to improve their teeth. Schedule an appointment with our orthodontist to find out more about them today.
Self-ligating braces are metal ones without the elastic ligature. Using a “trap door” technology, the brackets allow the wire to slide back and forth resulting in fewer adjustments and fewer appointments. Schedule a consultation to find out if the self-ligating kind is right for you.
With Lingual Braces, the brackets are placed behind the teeth and are virtually invisible to others and are most commonly made of metal. Patients report irritation to the tongue along with an initial adjustment to their ability to speak. The Lingual-type may not be for patients in need of severe orthodontic treatment. Schedule a consultation to find out if the lingual kind is your orthodontic solution.
How much do braces cost?
Adult braces cost anywhere from $5,000 to $6,000, and child ones will cost anywhere from $3,000 to $7,000. A lot of the variety in cost is dependent upon which treatment method is used and how long it has to be used for.
Schedule Your Braces Appointment Today
Lifetime Dental can provide you with the best Braces for Adults and Children in Lake Forest. Visit our office, conveniently located at 23731 El Toro Road, Suite D, Lake Forest, CA 92630 by calling 949-581-8109, or by filling out our Contact Us form.